Satellite Communications

Feds conflicted over cell phone tracking

The Justice Department is looking at smart phone tracking as a tool to solve crimes. Some lawmakers say tracking presents problems with consumer privacy.

SETI stops listening for alien signals

The radio telescope array that was scanning the skies for signals from alien civilizations has stopped listening.

Broadband plan debate: federal bureaucracy or local initiative?

From reforming the Universal Service Fund to determining how grants are allocated, headaches remain for agencies in starting the National Broadband Plan.

Space policy sets rules for the final frontier

The new National Security Space Strategy outlines how the U.S. government will manage its space industrial base, defend its space assets and share space-based resources with allies.

In Egypt, the revolution will be tweeted

Advancements in communication technology have often foreshadowed civil unrest and revolution. In Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East, the revolution is indeed being tweeted.

Satellites come to the rescue when ground systems fail

Responders in disaster areas are relying on mobile satellite connections more frequently for IP data connections than for voice.

GAO debuts new online report technology

GAO is piloting a new online E-Report to accompany its familiar PDF products with the release of a study on slippages in NOAA's next-generation weather satellite program.

Flexibility drives new Pentagon satellite plans

The military's new Wideband Global SATCOM program is a case study in balancing the need for speed with investment protection.

DARPA plans a network of virtual satellites

DARPA revises its program to launch clusters of small, wirelessly connected mini satellites.

Jim Carver: Getting it done in Iraq and Afghanistan

The former gunslinger is using the Movement Tracking System to coordinate logistics on the ground in Southwest Asia — and save lives.

NASA could get funds for solar-storm warning system

Congress is considering legislation that would provide funding for NASA to better predict solar storms, which can interfere with electronic communications on Earth.

iPhones, commercial satellites prominent in joint DOD exercise

The Defense Department interoperability exercise stresses flexible networking and new uses for existing technology.

Eye in the sky: NOAA satellite program aids oil spill response

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's satellite organization has a test imagery program that's getting some real use in fighting the oil spill in the Gulf.

In the digital age, satellites are closing in on the crown

SatCom 2010 explores the most impressive discussions and new trends related to the military field.

The new age of satellite

Satellites' famous resiliency is being joined by a steadily brightening price and performance story that might surprise those who haven’t been following the industry lately.

DOD's reliance on commercial satellites hits new zenith

The military's ad hoc reliance on commercial satellites is prolonging efforts to meet warfighters' urgent demands for bandwidth.

GSA, DISA launch commercial satellite solicitation

The General Services Administration has added two new special item numbers for commercial satellite communications services to Federal Supply Schedule 70.